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The Believers

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The Believers

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When radical New York lawyer Joel Litvinoff is felled by a stroke, his wife, Audrey, uncovers a secret that forces her to reexamine everything she thought she knew about their forty-year marriage....More
When radical New York lawyer Joel Litvinoff is felled by a stroke, his wife, Audrey, uncovers a secret that forces her to reexamine everything she thought she knew about their forty-year marriage....More
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  • When radical New York lawyer Joel Litvinoff is felled by a stroke, his wife, Audrey, uncovers a secret that forces her to reexamine everything she thought she knew about their forty-year marriage. Joel’s children will soon have to come to terms with this discovery themselves, but for the meantime, they are struggling with their own dilemmas and doubts.

    Rosa has found herself drawn into the world of Orthodox Judaism and is now being pressed to make a commitment to that religion. Karla, a devoted social worker hoping to adopt a child with her husband, is falling in love with the owner of a newspaper stand outside her office. Ne’er-do-well Lenny is living at home, approaching another relapse into heroin addiction. In the end, all the family members will have to answer their own questions and decide what–if anything–they still believe in.


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  • AudioFile Magazine Attorney Joel Litvinoff, described by the NEW YORK POST as "a rent-a-radical with a long history of un-Americanism," has a stroke and is left in a coma. Wife Audrey, a sharp-tongued harridan, makes some shocking discoveries that cause her to reconsider their marriage. Joel's stroke causes further upheaval in their family. Everyone is caught in a tangle of deceit, trapped in meaningless, unfulfilled lives. Narrator Andrea Martin misses Heller's intent, with a reading that calls attention to itself through over-the-top characterizations that lack dimension. Rather than nuance, there's nastiness. Instead of subtlety, there's shouting. Zo‘ Heller (WHAT WAS SHE THINKING?: NOTES ON A SCANDAL) has a knack for revealing the darker angels lurking within her characters. Sadly, this excellent novel doesn't receive the narration it deserves. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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